ERIC Number: ED328541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
An Exploratory Study of Mathematical Problem Solving with Preservice Elementary Teachers.
Griffith, Linda K.
The research question addressed in this study was: "How do the problem-solving heuristic processes used by preservice elementary teachers who are more effective problem solvers differ from those used by less effective problem solvers?" Three more- and three less-effective problem solvers performed a card sorting task designed to determine if subjects categorize mathematical problems according to their mathematical structure or according to the contexual setting of the problem. Findings from the study are listed and questions are formulated for further research. One of these is whether or not instruction emphasizing the heuristic processes of analysis, deduction, modeling, planning, and trial and error improve the problem-solving abilities of preservice elementary teachers. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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